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Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

Adam B. Cobb

Adam B. Cobb Bio

Dr. Adam Cobb has twice graduated from OSU, completing the Masters of International Agriculture Program (MIAP) in 2011, and defending his Ph.D. in Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) in 2016. His research focuses on farm soil ecology and human nutrition, as healthy soil is the foundation of sustainable food systems. Adam’s research strives to develop appropriate technologies and innovative farm practices that utilize beneficial soil fungi in agroecosystems. He is currently gaining additional teaching and research experience through employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow in NREM and as an Instructor in MIAP. His long-term goals include linking farmers, NGOs, and research institutions to create collaborative networks focused on improving human nutrition, farmer livelihoods, and local communities.

Gail Wilson Bio

Wilson joined the OSU faculty in 2007, following a four-year stint with the division of biology at Kansas State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology, while minoring in geology, from Mercyhurst University in 1979 and her master’s degree in biology from Slippery Rock University in 1983. She earned her doctoral degree in agronomy from KSU in 2003.

Wilson, a Sarkeys Distinguished professor in the OSU Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, leads or is a major partner in research programs that are strongly collaborative with scientists at OSU, the Argonne National Laboratory, Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, Kansas State University and a number of other universities across the United States.

Wilson has published greater than 75 peer-reviewed manuscripts in highly regarded scientific journals, and has secured more than $8 million in grants from highly competitive funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Agriculture, among others.

Current Project

Dr. Cobb is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Natural Resource Ecology and Management and an Instructor for the International Agriculture Program. His research links below ground plant-soil-microbial interactions to sustainable agriculture. He primarily assesses how beneficial soil fungi can improve soil health and food nutritional quality. Because he grew up in the Philippine Islands, Adam has an interest in poverty reduction projects and agricultural development. His Riata funding is used to assess soil ecological drivers as a way to reduce farm costs and improve the management of food crops and grasslands. Currently, he is working on research conducted in Oklahoma, Nicaragua, China, and Botswana.